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TWO gaping holes which appeared next to a road in Waterfoot are finally set to be repaired after 112 years.

The ‘dangerous eyesore’ in The Glen, on the land adjoining Glen Terrace, was created following an accident with a boiler in February 1902.

The boiler was being moved by two engines when the bridge over the River Irwell collapsed under the 22-tonne weight, leaving it at a 45-degree angle, while one of the engines transporting it sank to the bottom.

A similar accident occurred in 1934, when a heavy motor lorry turned in front of Glen Terrace and sank into the ground.

Then in 1997, a car fell through the bridge and the resulting hole has still not been repaired.

Now, calls from Rossendale MP Jake Berry have prompted the Environment Agency into pledging £25,000 for the demolition of the bridge, providing another body agrees to pay for fixing it.

Mr Berry said he was contacted 12 months ago by concerned residents of Glen Terrace, and has since been campaigning to have it fixed.

He said: “I’m really pleased that the Environment Agency has stepped in to help resolve what has been a very long and drawn-out issue for everyone in the Glen.

“I hope now that this dangerous eyesore can be made safe again.”

When concerned residents made calls for the gaping cavities to be fixed in 2006, Lancashire County Council, which is in charge of highways in the Valley, said the land was not its responsibility.

A County Hall spokesman said at the time that the land was privately owned, adding that the council had installed barriers to prevent pedestrians walking on the unsafe area.

'Dangerous' 112-year-old holes in Waterfoot to be repaired (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Such is the speed of our councils and government bodies
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It's private property, nothing to do with the council, county council or rivers authority
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They have always been able to force a landowner to make safe its property though.
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Doe's it really take 112 years to find out who owns it. They are ready enough finding the owners for compulsory puchases, when it suits them.
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Doe's it really take 112 years to find out who owns it. They are ready enough finding the owners for compulsory puchases, when it suits them.

It is not the who owns it that was an issue or finding them.

It is forcing them to repair it, the title deeds clearly state the responsibility for repair of the bridge is split between the property owners.

Quite why RBC, LCC or EA should pay is beyond me!
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Maybe not pay but force the landowners to repair what has been dangerous for many years.

The councils have the authority to force landowners to do this, they do in other places.

But never mind - at least something is being done about it at last.

Wadey - best to get over there and take plenty of now photos that will be then photos once its all fixed:
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This is one of the traction engines that went through the bridge.
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Maybe not pay but force the landowners to repair what has been dangerous for many years.

The councils have the authority to force landowners to do this, they do in other places.

But never mind - at least something is being done about it at last.

Wadey - best to get over there and take plenty of now photos that will be then photos once its all fixed:

Well that is down to the Highway Authority.... L.L.C.
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This is one of the traction engines that went through the bridge.
I wonder whether the poor sod who ended up parking it through the bridge ever thought that it would still be a hole 112 years later.
Also whether there were dozens of passengers who said they were on it and claiming whiplash through the Edwardian version of Injury Lawyers For U.
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